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Mega Container Ship CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin Calls Port of Los Angeles

The largest container ship ever to call at a North American port arrived at the Port of Los Angeles on Saturday, December 26.

Delivered by its Chinese builder to the French shipping line CMA CGM earlier in the month the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is 1,300 feet long, 177 feet wide and has container capacity of nearly 18,000 TEUs.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other high-ranking elected officials from Southern California were on hand there to welcome the vessel.

"The momentous arrival of this ship shows how the Port of Los Angeles and our maritime partners are successfully collaborating," said Mayor Garcetti. "Thank you to our friends at CMA CGM for their partnership, and I look forward to welcoming many more Benjamin Franklin-sized ships as our port continues to grow."

From left: Los Angeles Port Executive Director Gene Seroka, CMA CGM Operations Patrice Mittard, Los Angeles Council Member Joe Buscaino, Master of the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin Captain Velibor Krpan, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, CMA CGM America LLC President Marc Bourdon, and Los Angeles Port Police Chief Thomas Gazsi

The CMA CGM Group worked with city officials, Port of Los Angeles, harbor pilots, APM Terminal, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, railroads, trucking companies and others in the maritime supply chain in preparing for the operation.

During the ship’s call, approximately 11,200 container transfers were completed in 56 operating hours using up to 9 cranes - the largest number of cranes ever deployed simultaneously on the same vessel at the Port of Los Angeles.

Additionally, more than 4,500 containers were loaded on pre-staged rail cars for delivery by train to their final destinations. Truckers were also forewarned of the intensified activity.

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin berthed at the APM Terminal Pier 400 in the Port of Los Angeles. 
Photo/Port of Los Angeles

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